5 Minute Spotlight – with Fiona Lowe

Published:May 7, 2020

The spotlight is on our authors this year and we’ll be bringing you regular and fascinating insights in a five minute read


Fiona Lowe

Multi-Published, International Award-Winning Australian Bestselling Author

Small country towns featuring real people facing tough choices and how family ties impact on their decisions

Hello! I’m Fiona Lowe. Back in 1995 after the birth of my first child, I thought I’d try my hand at writing a novel as a way of avoiding returning to working in community health. Deluded, right? So four completed manuscripts later, ten years, having lived in two countries and four houses, I finally sold my first book.

I started with the adage write what you know and wrote medical romances. I now write meaty family and community sagas about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances.

That baby is now all grown up and a doctor and the second kid is at uni so technically I have more time, but I feel I am less efficient than I was or perhaps it’s because I’m writing more complicated books. Who knows! I write every day…longer during the week and a couple of hours early Saturday and Sunday. I try to exercise 3-4 times a week. It takes about 7 months to write 450 pages, (I’d prefer longer) and there is a month of structural edits, a month for copyedits and then a couple of weeks for typesetting. During that year there is also dreaming up a new novel and researching it. Makes for a busy year as my mind isn’t quick.

Outside of work, I have a garden full of roses that keep me busy. I belong to CWA, I’m involved in a book group that meets every six weeks, I play tennis on Tuesday mornings and I’m on a roster to deliver meals on wheels. My husband and I met during an amateur theatre production of Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ and theatre continues to be a big part of our lives. We subscribe to two professional and one amdram seasons every year.

Travel is a big passion and we usually take a big holiday every year, whether it’s cycling in Europe or scenery chasing in Alaska. We also enjoy a weekend here and there with the boys and I really love my research trips to small country towns and exploring different places in Victoria.

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Fiona’s latest Australian fiction release

Liane Moriarty meets Jodi Picoult in this tensely negotiated story of family ties, betrayal and sacrifice.

Every family has its secrets…

Alice Hunter is smarting from the raw deal life has thrown her way: suddenly single, jobless and forced to move home to her parents’ tiny seaside town. And now she faces an uncomfortable truth. She wants her twin sister Libby’s enviable life.

Libby’s closest friend Jess Dekic has been around the Hunter family for so long she might as well be blood. She’s always considered herself a sister closer to Libby than Alice ever could be…

Libby Hunter has all of life’s boxes ticked: prominent small-town doctor, gorgeous husband and two young daughters. But when she is betrayed by those she loves most, it reveals how tenuous her world is…

For Karen Hunter, her children are a double-edged sword of pain and pride. She’s always tried to guide her girls through life’s pitfalls, but how do you protect your children when they’re adults?

As the family implodes, the fallout for these four women will be inescapable…

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